|James Murphy @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 12/15/11|
Happy April, babies. There was quite a bit of April Fool's-related tomfoolery happening in the music world over the weekend, but rest assured that the news below is legit and exceptionally awesome.
- In what may be the best LCD-Iversary gift short of a reunion, LCD Soundsystem has announced that their long-awaited documentary film, Shut Up And Play The Hits, will be seeing a North American theatrical release in special one-night only premieres this summer. Oscilloscope Laboratories will be distributing the film, which - as the hardcore among you know - is the production/distribution studio owned by none other than Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Seriously, show us a more badass release story than THAT (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
- I waited a full day to confirm that this wasn't an elaborate hoax, and thankfully it isn't - the legendary Patti Smith is putting out Banga, her first new album since 2004's Trampin', on June 5. The first single "April Fool" (see how I'd be skeptical?) is available now on iTunes, and the LP also features tributes to Amy Winehouse, Johnny Depp, and the nation of Japan (Exclaim!)
- Feeling bummed now that Portlandia is over? Chill - not only is Carrie Brownstein still rocking faces with WILD FLAG (who were just in NYC last night), she's got a memoir coming out through Riverhead Books and was just on Marc Maron's consistently hilarious WTF? podcast (Stereogum)
- In more let's-wait-and-see-if-this-was-a-prank news, yesterday Jack White premiered "Freedom At 21," the next track off of his new album Blunderbuss (out April 24) by... putting it on 1,000 Flexi Discs and tying those to helium balloons launched from Nashville. We kid you not, this actually happened. Check the video below the jump (Third Man Records)
- Hot on the heels of the announcement that their album would be dropping on June 5 (seriously, great day for musics), Liars have revealed the name of said album - WIXIU (pronounced "Wish You") - AND thrown down the LP's great first single "No. 1 Against The Rush" (Beats Per Minute)
- The Walkmen stopped by Pitchfork.tv to play "Heaven" off of their upcoming album, which is also named Heaven (Pitchfork)